Children of probationers in the child welfare system and their families


Journal Article

This study describes changes over a 36-month period in the lives of children of probationers who were subjects of reports of maltreatment. Data on a nationally representative sample of reported victims of maltreatment were used to examine probationer-parents' contact with the criminal justice system, and concurrent changes in their children's households, risk exposure, and emotional and behavioral problems. Results show that 36 months after coming in contact with the child welfare system, about 40% of probationer's children no longer lived with their probationer-parents. During the same period, children's exposure to risk (i.e., parental substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence) dropped markedly; however, there was an upward trend in the prevalence of child emotional and behavioral problems. These problems ultimately declined among very young children, but persisted among elementary school age children. Further prospective studies are needed to better understand the confluence of factors affecting the outcomes of probationers' children. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Phillips, SD; Leathers, SJ; Erkanli, A

Published Date

  • April 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 183 - 191

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1062-1024

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10826-008-9218-x

Citation Source

  • Scopus